Enes Kanter didn’t see the floor in the Boston Celtics’ season opener Wednesday night, but the outspoken center’s impact on the NBA season could soon be felt.
Kanter posted a video to social media earlier in the day in which he labeled Chinese President Xi Jinping a “brutal dictator” and voiced support for Tibet’s independence.
The comments drew swift reaction from Beijing and threatened a fresh backlash against the league, which is still reeling from its last political controversy in China, a lucrative market where it has millions of fans.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Alexander Smith